A few days into daylight savings time and some of us have finally begun to adjust to the new sunrise schedule; but I’m certain the beginning of the week was a struggle for many. Not only was the beginning of the week rough, but the days after Daylight Savings Time are amongst the highest rated car accident days in the year. This should come as no surprise since our ability to focus when we are tired is less than optimal; our eyelids are heavy and our reaction time is compromised. Last week’s National Sleep Awareness Week is followed with Brain Awareness Week; sleep being a major factor in healthy brain function.
According to experts, sleep deprivation affects the brain in a multitude of ways, impairing judgment, slowing reaction times, and highly increasing the likelihood that you’ll dose off during monotonous tasks;1 such as driving a familiar route to work. If your brain is tired even the simplest things, like remembering the name of your friends can be a daunting task for your brain.
In our efforts to improve our sleeping patterns this week, and in general, the thing we may need to do is rid ourselves of some habits that could be having a negative impact on our sleep. I found an excellent article, “6 Habits That Ruin a Good Night’s Sleep,”2 on www.grandparents.com that laid out a few ways we can get better rest by stopping some of these habits.
1. Watching TV until you fall asleep. The light coming from your television set keeps your brain alert and slows the production of your sleep-enhancing hormones.
2. Sleeping with Fido. Not only do your furry sidekicks awaken and move around quite often, but dander and allergies could also make for midnight sneezing.
3. Exercising too close to bedtime. Participating in heavy exercise raises your core body temperature, preventing you from getting to sleep until your body temperate has cooled, which can sometimes take more than a few hours.
4. Drinking too much liquid before bedtime. Having to wake up in the middle of the night to use the restroom is an easy way to disrupt your slumber.
5. Eating fatty, heavy foods too close to bedtime. Many high-fat foods have been known to cause acid reflux and other like digestive problems leading to stomach discomforts and lack of sleep.
6. Accepting snoring as normal sleep behavior. For the snorer, this not only is a major sleep disruptor, but it’s also been linked to many diseases, including sleep apnea. For the person sharing a bed with a snorer, the noise is a major sleep disruptor.
Taking steps at eliminating all of these habits will no doubt help with your sleeping patterns and provide you with a fresh, focused brain in the morning time. If you’re still trying to get adjusted, make sure you’re adding Bio Alert from Biometics to your daily diet. This super focus solution will help with mental clarity and focus, keeping your brain function at its best!
Remember, the key to a focused brain is healthy sleep!
Youngevity Marketing Team